18 Best Books About Teenage Life Update 05/2022

Here is a list of 18 books that I think are both helpful and important for teenagers today. This is not a list of the best books ever written. These are just 18 books that have powerful stories, practical ideas, and a strong push for critical thinking.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Every teen will have to deal with pain and loneliness at some point. This book is a good example of how to deal with even the most difficult things in life. As heartbreaking as Angelou’s memoir of her early years is, it’s also uplifting because of her unwavering optimism. Her words are also full of poetry, which helps people make sense of life even when it seems impossible. Show us that it’s possible to grow something inside that can shine even in the darkest night.

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

This book tells a very painful truth about life: if you want to make something, you will have to deal with a lot of problems. No matter what, we’ll be stopped from doing what we want to do by people who say no, self-doubt, or laziness. Like Sun Tzu, Pressfield gives us a battle plan for defeating our own internal enemy of creativity, and we can follow it. Think of it as hard love for yourself. It doesn’t matter whether your teen is called “creative” or not. This book will show them that if you can’t beat yourself, you can’t do anything good.

Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris

The fact that Chuck Norris wrote the foreword to this book is only the second coolest thing about this book, but it’s still pretty cool. They do a good job of making the case that low expectations hurt teenagers and that high expectations make people want to do more. Adolescence isn’t real. Before the 20th century, people were either adults or children. And they make a strong case that teenagers can do a lot more than society thinks they can. This book is hard for teenagers to read. Adults, too, frankly.

Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

One of the most important things about life is that each person has a set of limits and limitations. You should set and keep strong boundaries for yourself, this book says. Your teen must know how to set physical, mental, and emotional boundaries. They must be able to decide who can touch them and when, and they must be able to express their own thoughts and feelings (the ability to manage our own feelings and disengage from the manipulative emotions of others). This isn’t something that all adults can do. Cloud and Townsend can help your teen understand and accept these truths.

Don’t Know Much About History by Kenneth C. Davis

History is very important. But if history is taught the wrong way, it can be a complete waste of your time. But not in this place. Davis is the most interesting history teacher you’ve ever had. He has a signature sense of humor and talks in a way that is very interesting. A lot of what he says makes sense even if you don’t know a lot about American history. It might be best for teens to make sense of the past and learn from it.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This is almost the perfect book for teenagers and a great American book. The book’s themes of racial and social injustice are hard to watch, but the story is told with so much goodness (and warmth and humor) that almost everyone likes it. We don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like this book. And TKAMB is so well-written that it can do something amazing for its readers: it can make them more understanding of the “other.” There is one thing that teenagers need in today’s world that they can do better.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

People who want to work in the new knowledge economy need to be able to work well with others and be able to work together. This book was written in 1936, but its ideas are becoming more important in our time. Machiavellian-sounding, but the book’s real goal is to teach people how to communicate better with each other. It’s based on the idea that people are far more fragile and egocentric than we think. This book can help your teen become a person who is kind, respectful, and smart with other people.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

In high school, the average teen will spend almost 3,772 hours there. During this time, most will not spend a single minute learning about personal debt, credit card interest, compound interest, mortgages, stocks and bonds, budgeting, and other important concepts of personal finance. This is almost too bad to be true. Aaron Ramsey wrote a book about money and personal finances that is one of the most clear and easy-to-understand guides to money and personal finances out there. Because how you handle your money is important.

The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger

Holden Caulfield is the first unreliable narrator in literature. He is a lonely young man who has been broken to the core by the tragic, traumatic death of his younger brother. He is a very sad person. Trying to figure out how to fit in, be known, and be loved is the story of every teen.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

If so, have you ever felt like you were very busy but not very productive at the same time? In this book, Essentialism, you will learn how to be disciplined in your search for less. People who think like Essentialists do it in a very organized way. We can’t have everything and I have to do everything. Instead, we should be looking for what’s right for us, right now, and at the right time. The pursuit of less gives us back control over our own decisions, so we can spend our time, energy, and effort on the things that really matter.

The Teen’s Guide to World Domination by Josh Shipp

This is, of course, my book. Because it has been praised by both teens and parents, I feel safe putting it on this list. When things are hard and confusing, how can teenagers make good choices? I talk about seven main “villains” that teenagers face and how to defeat them in this text. Because this book is filled with teen-friendly humor, you’ll find that it’s a self-improvement book that your child will want to read!

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

People should read about the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Norse people because they had interesting stories to tell. Because they might help you score better on your SATs. Use this simple anthology as an introduction to college. It’s a great set of stories. In a way, it’s like reading the Cliff Notes to a few thousand years of cultural stories. It’s time to get in there. Make sure you do what Apollo, the god of poetry and literature, would want you to, too.

The 7-Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Sugary pop psychology isn’t what Covey wants. Instead, he jumps right into what he calls “Character Ethic,” which are proven principles of fairness, integrity, honesty, and human dignity. You might not agree with everything here, but it will give you a way to talk about what it means to be successful and how personal integrity plays a role in that process.

Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The ability to look right into the heart and mind of a teenager is a very special thing. Anne Frank’s thoughts and feelings were very thought-out and deeply felt. The book is a collection of writings that Anne kept while she was hiding with her family for two years during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. They were written while Anne was in hiding. The diary shows a teenager who is always interesting and shows how she grows up and matures in the midst of a lot of stress.

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

When you die, you have to learn how to deal with the pain. And no book teaches this bitter lesson better than this simple story about an impoverished boy, Billy, who grows up in squalor in the Ozark Mountains. Billy buys two hunting dogs, Lil Ann and Old Dan. Billy’s life will never be the same after these dogs show him how much they love and care about him. And if you thought Old Yeller was heartbreaking, this book will hit you right in the heart. To have loved and lost: Is it better? Yes, that’s correct. A thousand times. Also, cats don’t like it, and dogs rule.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Huck Finn’s coming-of-age story in the South before the Civil War is one of the Great American Novels. It’s also a fun ride for the 14-year-old Huck, who sees the world through his eyes. There are times when the language is racist and hard to read, but it is a trip back in time. Even today, teenagers have to deal with complicated issues of race and personal identity, and Huck is a good friend to have as a guide through all of them.

Lord of the Flies by Sir William Golding

Even though it looks like a simple story about some British schoolboys stuck on a deserted island without any adults, it’s actually a well-thought-out political theory about how government and people should work together to help each other. Is at its heart, it talks about why people build up cities, and why they fall apart.

Night by Elie Wiesel

The Holocaust is one of the darkest times in human history. For 10 years after he was freed from Buchenwald, Elie Wiesel didn’t talk or write about what he had been through. After that, he wrote down about 100 pages of fragmented stories about how he and his father lived in Auschwitz and Buchenwald during World War II. This book is full of darkness that you can’t even imagine. Night changes the Holocaust from a historical event to a religious one.

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